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Old 12-06-2010, 07:38 PM   #1
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Watches: Buy a fancy one, or stick with the Timex?

I'm seriously considering dropping some coin on a swiss made automatic watch.

In the past, I've resisted the temptation: My Citizen Eco-Drive and Timex digital always indicate the time; and, I couldn't ever get past the "why do I need anything fancier" part of it.

Well, now I have a nice watch in my sights that's the right price (below $500), and sharp looking (imo). But, it tells the time like my much less expensive watches.

A poll is above. And to those of you who have dropped +$400 on a watch, my questions are as follows:

1. Did you get buyer's remorse later?

2. Was it worth it?
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I went on a watch spree about 6 months ago I bought 3 citizens. Love em! well worth it and I wear them everywhere. Got them brand new on ebay and they are real and in mint condition. Paid 1/3 of retail cost of the watches.

My first Citizen I bought because It matched my truck

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The only reason to buy an expensive watch is to prove you can.
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Nothing wrong with a fahncy watch...If you got the cash, go for it.
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The only reason to buy an expensive watch is to prove you can.
Who are you going to impress? Other people with more money than sense?

Even when I'm making six figures I can tell the time with a Timex Expedition as well as with a Rolex.
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why do you need a watch, you see the time on your phone
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Old 12-06-2010, 07:47 PM   #7
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Who are you going to impress? Other people with more money than sense?

Even when I'm making six figures I can tell the time with a Timex Expedition as well as with a Rolex.
It's funny- Some folks out there might say the same thing about having a cap on a truck or using it for the stuff that some folks around here do.

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why do you need a watch, you see the time on your phone
I use my watch (which has a circular slide rule on it) in the cockpit-where I can't use my phone. Lots of folks work in areas/buildings where phones aren't allowed.

That said- I've got both. I got a Citizen EcoDrive special edition when I graduated flight school. I wear it for a lot of stuff including flying. But I also have a Timex Expedition that I throw on for duty days or long flights-Fits better with my drysuit too.
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why do you need a watch, you see the time on your phone
Not permitted where I work.
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Bought a Movado a few years back. Thought I really wanted a nice classy watch. Wore it a couple times and now it sits in a safe cause I only wear it on special occasions. Don't really think it was worth the $1,700.00 I paid for it since it only tells time and time is not my friend anymore Plus I always carry a phone so I have the time.....
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I have fancy watches and cheapo watches, just depends on what you like. I love my Tissot tanker watch(my fav), i have a 2500 Movado that my wife won't let me where. I love the luminox that i use daily. I have about 15 watches and love them all, no regrets.
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It's funny- Some folks out there might say the same thing about having a cap on a truck or using it for the stuff that some folks around here do.
I'm not quite sure the analogy is the same. I have a truck because Civics are notoriously poor at wheeling.

If inexpensive watches told shitty time (as was the case before the advent of digital), I would understand it. There's a reason well crafted pocket watches used to be extremely expensive.

Fancy watches are man jewelry. If that's what you're going for, fine...it does serve its purpose in some class-warrior professions (Lawyer, Physician, Doucehbag Banker, etc.). But if you just want a timepiece that's accurate, buy a $10 wal-mart special...or use your phone
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Besides a wedding band the only piece of jewelry you're gonna have is a watch, so invest in a watch you will have for 10+ years. Get a nice tag heuer, or something of that nature. It shouldn't be anything flashy, just a nice presentable watch. Stainless steel or leather.
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I'm not quite sure the analogy is the same. I have a truck because Civics are notoriously poor at wheeling.

If inexpensive watches told shitty time (as was the case before the advent of digital), I would understand it. There's a reason well crafted pocket watches used to be extremely expensive.

Fancy watches are man jewelry. If that's what you're going for, fine...it does serve its purpose in some class-warrior professions (Lawyer, Physician, Doucehbag Banker, etc.). But if you just want a timepiece that's accurate, buy a $10 wal-mart special...or use your phone
NOT MY POINT OF VIEW-But "Cars are made to go from point A to point B." You spend more on your truck because it's your hobby/something you enjoy. Much like a prius driver isn't going to get you modding the truck to run around the woods...You might not get why having a nicer watch is worth it...but to you- it's not.

I agree- If all you want is accurate time get a cheap watch and reset it fairly often. Mine- I don't have to reset it ever cause it is radio updated...I can use the slide calc bezel and functions for my job. I can't just use my phone all the time. It's totally worth it to me. To a point...The diamond encrusted diamond watches fall in the "just because" category...
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Get the best of both worlds. I got this Technoluxury watch (a Timex subsidiary) and I get compliments all the time.
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I'm a bit of a watch guy but its all about utility watches with me anyways. But honestly 90pct of the time I end up wearing a special edition (khaki) Casio Mudman. I can put it on and literally never think about getting it caked in mud/blood/crud, can slam it into anything, etc and it won't even stutter. I recently got a tawatec because I've never had a tritium tube watch, its so so. Mostly a styling clash with me.
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I'm a bit of a watch guy but its all about utility watches with me anyways. But honestly 90pct of the time I end up wearing a special edition (khaki) Casio Mudman. I can put it on and literally never think about getting it caked in mud/blood/crud, can slam it into anything, etc and it won't even stutter. I recently got a tawatec because I've never had a tritium tube watch, its so so. Mostly a styling clash with me.
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NOT MY POINT OF VIEW-But "Cars are made to go from point A to point B." You spend more on your truck because it's your hobby/something you enjoy. Much like a prius driver isn't going to get you modding the truck to run around the woods...You might not get why having a nicer watch is worth it...but to you- it's not.

I agree- If all you want is accurate time get a cheap watch and reset it fairly often. Mine- I don't have to reset it ever cause it is radio updated...I can use the slide calc bezel and functions for my job. I can't just use my phone all the time. It's totally worth it to me. To a point...The diamond encrusted diamond watches fall in the "just because" category...

Let's make sure we're on the same page...when I say "fancy watch" I mean a 4-digit pricetag or higher. Are we talking about the same thing?

Some watches are really multi-tools disguised as watches and warrant their higher pricetag...
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FWIW, I'm talking about a classic pilot's watch...it indicates time, and has a 4th hand for zulu time....that's it.

[EDIT: BTW, it's not on amazon, et al. It's at a jewelry store; used, but flawless, in my estimation.]
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